Montag, 7. März 2011

PhD student project/position

PhD student project/position

A PhD student project/position is available in the area of NMR applied to asymmetric homogeneous catalysis. The project will be jointly supervised in the NMR Department (Dr. Christophe Farès) and in the Department of Homogeneous Catalysis (Prof. Benjamin List) of the MPI for Coal Research in Mülheim an der Ruhr (

The specific goals are to address fundamental questions related to the mechanism of the high stereoselectivity in novel organocatalysts developed at this institute and to discover and develop new strategies towards the characterization of catalytic intermediate and transition states based on advanced NMR methods.

The PhD student will work in collaboration with synthetic chemists in order to optimize compounds which will stabilize intermediate states. She/He will also have full access to a modern NMR laboratory, equipped with seven spectrometers, including a 600-MHz instrument with a cryogenically cooled-probehead.

The position is for a period of three years. We are looking for a talented and motivated individual with a good background in NMR, that wish to invest time and energy to satisfy their curiosity in understanding the fundamental mechanisms behind organocatalysis. A genuine interest in interdisciplinary science will be essential. Education in a relevant discipline such as organic chemistry will be an advantage.

Applications must contain

1. a complete CV with details on education, previous research activities and a list of publications (if any)
2. contact details of at least two personal references

The complete application should be sent to:
Dr Christophe Farès, Department of NMR, 45470 Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany or
The application must be received no later than March 31, 2011.
For further information regarding this position, please contact Dr Christophe Farès, Department of NMR, 45470 Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany (Tel: +49 208 306 2130)